Posts Tagged ‘Pre-Algebra’

Free Online Math Videos

December 12th, 2016

 

It’s Monday, December 12, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

Brightstorm: Math

(www.brightstorm.com/math/)

Age Range: 12-18 (Grades 7-12, with parental supervision)

 

Brightstorm is a company that finds and films the best math teachers, and creates engaging lessons around those teachers’ videos. The company sells test preparation programs, however, as an outreach to new customers they offer over 2,000 FREE videos that teach math from Algebra through Calculus.

For example, as an Algebra student, you can watch a series of lessons on quadratic equations and functions. In each lesson, the concept is explained. Then, the student is presented with three more videos that present problems and explain solutions. 

The lessons we watched were taught by a quirky and charming young woman instructor with a unique style and flair for teaching math. (Don’t miss her demonstration of setting “The Quadratic Formula” to the tune of “Pop Goes The Weasel”.)

When you get to the site, choose the subject of interest: 

  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Algebra 2
  • Trigonometry
  • Precalculus
  • Calculus

Click on any one and a new window opens with a menu of topics in that category. Click on the topic of interest to access the lessons. When you click on a lesson, the first video in the series will launch, but you will be required to register (it’s free) to watch the entire video. Registered users can watch as many math videos as many times as they like.
 
As the website explains, “The power of a great teacher in action is undeniable.” Thanks to technology, students can learn math from some of the best teachers available – wherever and whenever they want.

MathTV – Free Math Lessons and Video Textbooks

August 22nd, 2016

 

It’s Monday, August 22, 2016, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathTV

(www.mathtv.com/)

Age Range: 15 and up (Grades 9 and up; children with parental supervision)

 

This website provides free math instruction videos on specific math topics mostly on the college level, but we thought high schoolers would find this helpful as well.

Turn on your speakers and head to the site. “Select a Topic” to choose lessons of interest that include: 

  • Basic Mathematics – fractions, mixed numbers, decimals, ratios, percent, etc.
  • Algebra – positive and negative numbers, linear equations, functions, polynomials, factoring, rational expressions, roots and radicals, quadratic equations, logarithms, graphing, and more.
  • Trigonometry – functions, triangles, radian measure, identities and formulas, equations, polar coordinates, etc.
  • Calculus – limits, derivatives, integration, applications, and more.

Then, notice the featured math topic and the display of icons with pictures of various teachers and students. Click on any one and a video of them explaining the math topic/lesson appears on the screen.

Click on “Videos by Textbook” to access math textbook video lessons. (The actual textbooks may be purchased through the XYZ Textbooks link at the bottom of the page). All of the lessons in the textbook have video tutorials! Simply click on the textbook of choice, and a table of contents appears. Click on the topic of choice, then the video of choice. The textbook titles include: 

  • Basic Mathematics
  • Introductory Mathematics
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Elementary Algebra
  • and more advanced math textbooks.

This is a remarkable resource whether you need a little help with a particular math topic or want an entire math curriculum delivered on video.

Note: MathTV also has some interesting and helpful math videos on their YouTube channel.

Challenging Math In Movies

November 2nd, 2015

 

It’s Monday, September 21, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

MathBits.com: Math and the Movies

(www.mathbits.com/MathBits/MathMovies/MathMovies.htm)

Age Range: 11-18 (Grades 6-12, with parental supervision)

 

Want to make math fun? If you’re willing to do a bit of prep work at the audio-visual department of your local library or on Netflix (or whatever movie provider you use), you and your kids will be rewarded with some really fun math explorations.

This website offers free math activities and worksheets based on short scenes or clips from movies and television shows that present mathematical content (not watered-down content) in a variety of educational styles. As explained at the website, the clips fall into two main categories: 

  1. Clips that demonstrate the actual mathematics at work, such as seeing Abbott and Costello describe how 28 divided by 7 is 13.
  2. Clips that are used as a hook or humorous introduction to a topic, such as watching Lucy and Ethel wrapping chocolates on a conveyor belt prior to solving problems relating to conveyor belts and sequences.

You’ll find movie and TV clips that help demonstrate or introduce everything from pre-algebra to calculus. And then, you follow up by doing the exercises on the free worksheets. When you get to the site read the introduction and then use the menu at the top of the page to access:

Part 1 – Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie and TV titles such as: 

  • Star Wars – Episode I, The Phantom Menace
  • Star Trek – The Original Series: The Trouble With Tribbles
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Die Hard with a Vengeance
  • October Sky
  • Stand and Deliver
  • The Wizard of Oz
  • Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone
  • ~ And more!

Part 2 – Contains movie clip descriptions and free, printable math worksheets for movie titles such as: 

  • Little Big League
  • Wall-E
  • Father of the Bride
  • Pirates of Penzance
  • Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark
  • Road Runner & Wile E. Coyote – “Hot Rod and Reel”
  • The Simpsons: Bart, the Genius
  • Shrek the Third
  • ~ And more!

Note: The movie ratings run the gamut from G to R, so AS ALWAYS, PARENTS SHOULD PREVIEW MATERIAL TO DETERMINE SUITABILITY OF CONTENT. This is a great way to use technology and pop culture to engage older students in the fun of mathematics.

Absurd Math: Pre-Algebra From Another Dimension

April 27th, 2015

 

It’s Monday, April 27, 2015, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Absurd Math

 

Age Range: 10-15 (Grades 6-10, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers a free series of 4 interactive, pre-algebra level problem-solving games that will test your student’s math skills in a fun and challenging way.
As the player, you proceed on missions in a strange world, finding clues that are hidden on the pages along the way. You use the information you find to calculate answers in order to proceed to the next level. Handy, printable clue sheets are provided along with an interactive calculator. Here is a little advice to help you navigate the games: 
Each page looks impossible until you discover enough clues. For example, in the first game called “Nomean City” you’ll notice that on the first page you need an “authorization code”. If you look closely at everything on the page, you will see a note that says “authorization code is area times level” and then farther up on the page you see “Area 46” and “Level -3”; so you just multiply the two numbers and enter the answer where indicated.

Then, you get to the next page. Same degree of challenge again: looks impossible, and then suddenly it’s easy. Often you have to move the mouse all around the page, and even scroll down, while looking for the cursor to turn into a “hand” shape, indicating something you can click on for more clues. Sometimes you have to backtrack to other areas. Click on everything and read everything closely. Every page looks like a dead end, but the only actual dead end is the final page from which you print out your hard-earned certificate of completion.
FYI: The games start with a fake message that says “Intruder Alert!” We clicked around and realized that it is actually just the first page of the game.

The games include: 

    1. Nomean City – A powerful being has been captured by a cult of pollution makers and you must help save this creature and the mathematical knowledge it holds.
    2. Dr. Plenobious – Dr. Plenobius is an evil scientist. Print out his entrance exam to the Airtight College. Identify flesh-eating bacteria and try to save one of his lab rabbits.
    3. The 7th Floor – The Hotel Unknown’s 7th floor holds both mystery and danger. Find out who lives on the floor, and deal with the house detective.
    4. Airtight College – Your quest is to save the alien creature, as you search the offices of the Department of Diabolics.
By the way, if you need help, you can email the website’s staff for assistance. They try to respond within two days. Teachers and parents may email to request the answer keys.

Again, these games are free. They are used as an enticement to subscribe to the Middleschool Mathematics program offered for a fee at the site but no purchase is necessary to play the games.

Hot Math!

December 8th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, December 8, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

Hotmath.com

 

Age Range: 10-18 (Grades 7-11, with parental supervision)

 

This website offers free math activities and games for middle and high school students to learn graphing, factoring, and divisibility in a fun way, all online!

When you get to the site you will see the following choices:

I. HANDS ON MATH LEARNING – This area includes:
*Pre-Algebra Activities – Algebra Tiles, Acrobat Number Line, Circle Area Approximation, Data Representation, Area Decomposer, Fraction Tech Tool, and other titles
*Algebra I Activities – Exponential Functions, Exponential and Log Functions, Quadratic Equations in Factored Form, Diamond Problem Flash Cards, etc.
*Algebra II and Trigonometry Activities – Function Grapher, Conic Sections – General Form, Hyperbolas, Ellipses and more.
*Geometry Activities – Angle Sum Theorem, Exterior Angles of a Polygon, Conics, Conics – Parabola, Area of a Triangle and many more activities.
II. MATH GAMES
Click on the words “Math Games” to enter the game page. You will find the following games:
*Catch the Fly – Give Mr. Frog the x,y coordinates so he can dine!
*Number Cop – Speed through divisible numbers and try not to crash into the wrong numbers!
*Algebra vs. the Cockroaches – What axis are the cockroaches running through? Game can be played with or without sound.
*Factortris – Similar to “Tetris” but with a new dimension. You build the dimensions needed by solving the equation and place them where you want them. If you let the time run out, the game builds the piece and you will not have a choice on placement.
These online games and activities are a great way to learn math concepts at any age!

Free Math TV Tutorials & More

June 30th, 2014

 

It’s Monday, June 30, 2014, and time for Math at ClickSchooling!

 

Recommended Website:

 

LearnersTV

 

Age Range: 12-18+ (Middle School, High School, and Beyond, children with parental supervision)

 

LearnersTV.com provides free video and audio lectures of entire courses (delivered by faculty members from renowned universities worldwide) in the fields of:
  • Mathematics
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Medicine
  • Dentistry
  • Management and Accounting

In some cases, interactive animations add a visual component and are used to help you better understand concepts. You can also take online timed tests that provide “instant feedback and explanations to help learners around the globe.”

When you get to the site just click on the subject of interest; for example, click on “Maths” and a new page opens with a menu of math courses in:
  • Pre-Algebra
  • Algebra
  • Intermediate Algebra
  • Geometry
  • Trigonometry
  • Calculus
  • Differential Equations
  • Probability
  • Statistics

Click on any of those topics and another menu opens where you can click a specific class or lecture within that category. There is a lot of content here, and more is loaded to the site every day. Bookmark this one to return often.

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